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MCBAIN, Marilyn Jean

February 4, 1943 – Portland, Oregon
March 23, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Marilyn McBain beloved wife of Harold McBain passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at the age of 71 years.

Marilyn was born in Portland, Oregon, February 4, 1943 to Cecelia Katherine (DeHon) Irwin and Harry Cleveland Irwin. She grew up and attended schools in Eureka, Montana, and graduated from Lincoln County High School in 1961. After her high school graduation, she started her Canadian journey to the end of her life. In 1961, she left Eureka, and enrolled in Alberta Bible Institute in Camrose, Alberta, where she completed a three year certificate program.

She met Harold McBain in Camrose, and they married in Calgary in 1976. Marilyn and Harold lived in Calgary, until one last move to Canmore, Alberta, where she managed a Motel that she and Harold were part owners. Marilyn also worked in real estate, as a church secretary, and provided child care.

After 14 years in Canada, she decided she wanted to vote, so she became a Canadian citizen in which she took great pride. Marilyn was a vibrant and positive person who enjoyed people, loved her family and many friends. She cherished the small delights in life, and her travels in Canada and the many trips with Harold to the Oregon coast. She was adored and beloved by her friends and family.

Marilyn is survived by her husband Harold, brother and sister-in-law Tom and Sybille Irwin of Fair Oaks, California; mother-in-law Grethe McBain of Camrose, AB; brother-in-law Bob McBain of Sexsmith, AB, nieces and nephews and their spouses: Richard and Lindy Irwin, Cherilyn and Rich Ansley, Leslie and Steve Weseman, Kay and Johnny Morgan, Tab and Sheree Irwin, Sean and Tracy Irwin, Robert McBain, Daryn and Jolene McBain, and Andrea McBain and numerous great nieces and nephews. Marilyn was predeceased by her parents, and two brothers; Richard and Lyle Irwin.

A Celebration of Life will be held at The Glamorgan Church of God (4715 – 45th Street S.W.) on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

In living memory of Marilyn McBain, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Hans and Carla Helder :

    Dear Harold, Hans and I would like you to know we are so sorry to hear of Marilyn’s passing. May your memories of your life together sustain you during this very sad time. Our sincere condolences, Hans and Carla Helder

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  2. Jack & Marie van Deventer :


    Our most deepest sympathies to you during this time. We lift you up to God’s throne of grace and wish that He would wrap you in His arms and provide a special measure of Grace and Comfort to you.

    With deepest admiration and love!

    Jack & Marie

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  3. Heddy & Parry Gilbert :

    Dear Harold,

    We were heartbroken to hear of Marilyn’s passing. Our whole family has wonderful memories of spending time with you & Marilyn at the cabins in Canmore. We can still hear her infectious laugh – she was always so fun to spend time with.

    Our deepest sympathy. We are thinking of you.

    Love & hugs,

    Heddy, Parry, Michael & Matthew

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  4. Margaret & Jim Wiebe :

    Harold, we are so sorry to hear about Marilyn’s passing. We want you to know that you are in our prayers at this time. It is rare to have such a long time dear friend. Marilyn was such a dear friend to many. She will be missed tremendously. We have such good memories of our times together.
    Marg & Jim

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  5. Roberta and Connor :

    Harold, we were saddened to hear about Marilyn and wanted to extend our deepest heartfelt condolences. We are sending big hugs to you to help comfort you during this time. Lots of love, Roberta and Connor

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  6. Bob Hurlburt :

    Hi Harold, My sincere condolences for your loss. We are still in Arizona, but are thinking of you during this time of grief. I know you are a strong person and will handle this situation in your own time. Best Regards and hang in there. Bob and Martie

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  7. I’m sorry, now that Harold’s gone, You and Marilyn are back together.

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